Overnight flights are nothing more than a means to an end for most of us; we endure them because we want to see amazing far-flung destinations all over the globe – I bet you’ve never met someone who actively enjoys a long flight. They’re cramped, noisy and uncomfortable, which means that it’s pretty difficult to get any sleep too -they’re called red-eye flights for a reason – but what if I was to tell you they don’t have to be like that?
Okay, so overnight flights are never going to be one of the greatest experiences fo your life, but there are lots of things you can do to make them pretty comfortable. No, you won’t achieve bliss 3000ft in the air flying to Australia, but if you’re clever you might approach somewhere near that…
Pack a Tablet
If you pack a tablet, your flight instantly becomes a fantastic opportunity to catch up on all those movies, favorite TV shows and albums and books that you simply haven’t had the time to get into due to work and life commitments, which will make it feel kind of luxurious. Imagine all that time to do all those things you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t had the time – bliss, right?
Indulgent Snacks are a Must
Despite the changes to commercial airline service which have seen far less airlines include meals as standard, most long-haul flights will still serve a meal, but this isn’t always true of overnight flights and even if it is, if we’re being honest, most airline meals aren’t exactly inspiring. So, take matters into your hands and pack as many indulgent truffles, candy bars, small bottles of wine from duty free (regulations permitting) and whatever else you fancy, and which you don’t indulge in too often, to make the flight easier and ensure that you feel as amazing as you possible can on that plane.
Pack Eye Drops and Nasal Spray
Eye drops and nasal sprays are essential on long overnight flights because these parts of the body are prone to drying out because of the quality of air onboard and because it can be more difficult to sleep. If you can keep them moist, you’ll feel far more comfortable, even if you have a hard time onboard.
Don’t Forget Noise Cancelling Headphones and a Sleep Mask
If you want to stand a chance of getting a restful night’s sleep so you can arrive at your destination with a clear head ready to explore, you need to invest in a high-quality set of noise cancelling headphones and a comfy silk-backed sleep mask. You might look a little silly wearing them, but the relative bliss you will feel compared to your fellow passengers who didn’t bother will make it all worthwhile. No red eyes for you.
Create a Comfy Kit
Oh, and if you want to feel like you’re floating on a cloud, pack a bag with a comfy blanket, cozy socks, a little moisturizer (regulations permitting) and a little spritzer to refresh your skin.
Enjoy your flight!